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Choral Ensembles

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Chorus (MUSIC 3602): The Cornell Chorus, founded in 1921, features women from a wide variety of majors and backgrounds whose dedication to music has earned them a reputation as one of the nation’s outstanding treble choirs. The Chorus performs a diverse repertoire, including masses, motets, spirituals, folk songs, and other classical and contemporary pieces. Since 2001, the Chorus has annually commissioned new works by female composers, with the goal of expanding the contemporary repertoire for treble voices. Regular recordings and tours bring the Chorus’ sound to a wider audience. This past January, the Chorus gave concerts throughout Mexico and Guatemala in collaboration with their brother group, the Glee Club. In the spring, the Chorus will embark on its Atlantic Coast Tour, performing in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C. Please direct any questions about the Chorus to Robert Isaacs

Wednesday, 5:15-7:15 pm in 101 Sage Chapel and Sunday,  7:15-9:15 pm in B-20 Lincoln

Glee Club (MUSIC 3603): The Glee Club is Cornell University’s oldest student organization (founded in 1868), and is recognized as one of America’s premier male choirs. Typically numbering about 55 singers, the ensemble performs and records a wide range of repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day, including annual commissions of new music. The Glee Club gives concerts frequently both on and off campus, often combining with their sister group, the Cornell Chorus, for larger-scale SATB projects including major works with professional orchestras and international tours (such as our performances last year in Mexico and Guatemala). The Glee Club’s coming year is filled with exciting performances, including our annual Homecoming concert in October and a fantastic weeklong tour to the Midwest in the spring. Please direct any questions about the Glee Club to Robert Isaacs

Wednesday 7:30-9:30 pm in 101 Sage Chapel and Sunday,  4:00 -6:00 pm in B-20 Lincoln

Chorale (MUSIC 3604): The Chorale is a mixed choir open by audition each semester to Cornell students. Chorale members have the rare opportunity to focus intensively on the development of their individual skills, especially those essential in ensemble singing: sightreading, vocal technique, interpretation of various musical styles, rehearsal approaches, and so on. The emphasis is on developing the complete singer, and opening doors for a lifetime of performance. Chorale concerts often feature solo or small-group performances in addition to the entire ensemble. Many students sing with the Chorale throughout their Cornell career; others use the class to finetune their skills in order to audition for further ensembles. The full Chorale rehearses on Fridayafternoons from 4:30-6:45 PM in Lincoln Hall, with section meetings on Mondays or Thursdays from 4:30 to 6. Please direct any questions about the Chorale to Stephen Spinelli

Friday 4:30-6:45 pm in B20 Lincoln Hall

Chamber Singers (MUSIC 4601): The Chamber Singers are a smaller ensemble for singers with advanced skills. Prerequisite: at least two semesters of Chorus or Glee Club, or equivalent experience as determined by the instructor. Auditions for the Chamber Choir are by invitation and will take place in the first week of September. For more information about the Chamber Singers, please email Stephen Spinelli and Robert Isaacs

Tuesday 4:45 – 7:15 pm in 124 Lincoln Hall

Singers may also wish to investigate the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble and the Jazz Ensembles, both of which include small numbers of singers; see the Instrumental Ensembles page.